Easy At Home Hair Removal with the Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18

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Here on the Gulf Coast we are getting little glimpses of Summer with a few warm days here and there that assure us that it will not in fact be freezing forever. (thank goodness) Summertime means bathing suit season, and while I am getting my body in top shape to rock a new suit this year with POUND, there are other things you have to make sure are in tip top shape too… like.. ummm… your bikini line. There is absolutely nothing worse than a great body, a great suit, and wicked razor burn that hurts as bad as it looks when you get in to the salty water of the Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully Emjoi has our answer – the Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18.

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The new ultra-portable and ultra-affordable Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 battery-operated epilator does everything that its larger Emjoi siblings do—removing unwanted hair from the body and face, while doing so with the absolute minimum of discomfort—but in a smaller, lighter package and at an extremely affordable price.

The Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 features 18 of the same patented 3-disc tweezers that have long made Emjoi products the go-to choice for removing unwanted hair (as short as 0.3mm) from the root from any part of the body. With eRase glide technology, its disc opening at an optimal 14mm and operating at 540 strokes per second, these tweezers remove the majority of hair at the first pass to keep the possibility of skin irritation to an absolute minimum.

So here is what you really want to know… does it hurt? 

Well… it is uncomfortable. I don’t know that I would say it necessarily HURTS – but snatching hair out of a follicle by its root is never going to be a completely painless process. However, what I did find was that when I used it shortly after a hot bath or shower – when your pores are more open than normal – it was much less uncomfortable. It also hurts way less than the sting/itch of razor burn which is the alternative.

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The Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 is available now on the Emjoi website – and at a price of $34.95 it costs you literally half of what one Brazilian wax would cost! Check out all of Emjoi’s products and get bathing suit ready!

*I received this product free from Emjoi’s publicist.

Five Tips For Whiter Teeth

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If you know me, you know I am a bit maniacal passionate about dental hygiene. For as long as I can remember I have carried a toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse, and it is not uncommon for me to duck in to the restroom for  quick brush the way most people wash their hands. My smile is my favorite feature about myself and it is important to me to keep my pearly whites looking and feeling their best at all times. I am also proud to say that I will be celebrating my 35th birthday this year – and have never had a cavity. Nor have either of my girls. Having a bright, white smile is important to everyone, so when I had the opportunity to team up with Colgate to show off their new Optic white Platinum products – I jumped at the chance.

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Keeping your teeth as healthy and white as they can be does not have to be difficult. With just a few adjustments you can easily be on the road to optimum dental health. Here are a few tips:

1. Avoid dark highly acidic foods like coffee or red wine… or at least brush shortly there after. Girlfriends have made fun of me for carrying a toothbrush… right up until we are out having wine and they all have purple teeth. A quick brush after indulging in your favorite vino can help reduce teeth staining your teeth significantly. Rule of thumb – if it is dark going in, chances are in will stain your teeth. Cola, gravies, juices, etc can all contribute to less than pearly whites.

2. An Apple A Day… also keeps the dentist away! You know what they say about apples keeping the doctor away – but turns out they can help keep the dentist away too! Apples can help clean teeth as they are eaten because of their consistency and acidity. Working like “natures toothbrush,” apples can help keep your teeth clean and healthy when you can’t get to a bathroom to brush. You can take this one step further and gargle with apple cider vinegar. ACV helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums.

3. Replace your toothbrush at least four times a year. Using the same toothbrush for months on end is never – ever – a good idea. The bristles in toothbrushes break down and can hold bacteria which lead to bad breath and ultimately can lead to gum disease or gingivitis. Replace your toothbrush often to make sure every time you brush you are getting the best results possible.

4. In the words of Fergie… Flossy Flossy! Ok, no, that isn’t what she meant – but you know what I am getting at. Flossing your teeth really is just as important as brushing. Flossing helps get rid of plaque that you can not see – it isn’t just about getting food out of there. Flossing daily can help you cut down on tooth decay and gum disease.

5. Use products like Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White. Colgate Optic White Platinum Express breakthrough formula is Colgate’s fastest whitening toothpaste to date giving users whiter teeth in just three days! It contains two times more hydrogen peroxide as well as anti-cavity fluoride protection that Colgate is known for. Pair the new toothpaste with the Colgate 360 Optic White Platinum Manual Toothbrush and you have the perfect combination for a whiter smile.

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I have been using these products for several days, and I really love them. The toothpaste is a thinner consistency than I am used to and almost feels like it gets warm in your mouth while you are brushing. The bristles on this brush are firm enough to know you are getting clean, without being harsh or irritating. You can pick up these and all other Colgate products at your local store.

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you – so use these five easy tips to make your first impression fantastic!

My #PampersFirsts Party to Celebrate Life’s “Firsts”

*This post is sponsored by Pampers® in conjunction with MomDot. I received product and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago I was offered a chance to host a #PampersFirsts party with some of my girlfriends to celebrate all of life’s “firsts” with the #1 diaper choice by hospitals in North America. My friends Mary and Jaime were expecting their first babies, so I was super excited to throw a party and invite them! Since they were both so close to their due date, we had our party on Valentine’s Day – which I thought was absolutely perfect! What better day to spend with people I love?!

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I was so excited about this party I went a little overboard on the food and decorations. A chance to celebrate my friends and babies – how can you not go a little nutty? Even me – the girl who says she is “allergic to babies” still can’t resist throwing a shindig to celebrate bringing new little people into our family of friends. It was fantastic.

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I had so much fun making Diaper Babies, Baby Wash Cloth Critters, Onesie Cupcakes, and Milano Cookie Swaddle Babies – all of which I will be sharing with you in the coming weeks – but none of my food or decorations could could top the fun we all had just being together, laughing, joking – and even a little crying as we all gathered in the living room to watch the Pampers Firsts video – Celebrating Life’s Firsts.

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Pampers understands there is nothing more joyful or rewarding than the precious first-time moments shared by little ones and their families. In honor of this special journey, Pampers has released a compilation video entitled “Firsts” that highlights those wondrous “first” experiences together. From the first time parents see their little one on a sonogram to the first evening home from the hospital, the Pampers “Firsts” video showcases precious, heart-felt moments babies and parents share together. Pampers recognizes that all first moments, no matter how big or small, are moments to be cherished and celebrated. Pampers is honored to be a part of the journey of firsts for millions of families around the world every day.

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We had so much fun that afternoon just talking about life stuff – pregnancy, birthing stories, “firsts” and even going in to tales of potty training and toddler beds. The funny thing is just like our conversation carried through the first years in life – so do Pampers Swaddlers, which now go up to a size six! Pampers listened to moms who said they wanted the Pampers Swaddlers softness they know and love to be available throughout their diapering years. Now from their first to their last diaper you can wrap your little one in Pampers.

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Pampers Swaddlers wraps baby with superior comfort, protection and blanket-like softness, helping to take care of babies during all the precious first moments they share with their parents. Pampers Swaddlers is Pampers softest diaper and offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection with an Absorb Away Liner® to pull wetness and mess away from babies’ skin. It’s no wonder Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America!

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Pampers Rewards are another great reason to use Pampers. With the Pampers Rewards Program you can earn points when you purchase Pampers products or by leaving a review on the Pampers Website. The points can then been redeemed for products that you and your family will love. Head on over and leave a review of your favorite Pampers products and start earning points right away!

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It was a wonderful afternoon and I was so excited to get to be a part of it. AND I am excited to say that Mary (in blue) went in to labor just three hours after our party! Jaime had her little one just two days later! Both of them texted the news and told me their newest little bundles were already wrapped in Pampers Swaddlers. <3

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Say “I Dig You” This Valentine’s Day with Hallmark eCards

With Valentine’s Day only four days away, it may be too late to send your long distance loves a Valentine’s Day card. Do not worry – Hallmark has you covered with their awesome eCards, sure to put a smile on your sweetie’s face.

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This year, say “I Dig You” with Hallmark’s playful, sweet eCards. Below, please find some of Hallmark eCards favorite, and most popular, selections to tell that special someone how you feel.

Hallmark eCards are a great way to send a smile anytime – anywhere. With thousands of eCards to choose from for any occasion, you will never miss a birthday or holiday again! You can even schedule eCards in advance! Sign up here for access to Hallmark eCards and start sending!

February 13th is Valentine’s for Dogs – Say I LOVE YOU with treats!

This weekend is Valentine’s Day – my favorite holiday – where we celebrate those we love in big ways. But… what about those who love us in big ways too? This year, let’s celebrate our wonderful animal companions by making February 13th Valentine’s Day For Dogs, and who them just how much we love them too. The good folks at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you this year with a doggie Valentine’s Day card. Get yours today at BigHeartPetValentines.com.

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If you have been following MoscatoMom for long, you know there is a tiny little furbaby here at our house that has our heart unlike any other pet ever has. Indigo, my 6 pound chihuahua, is absolutely the “princess” of the house. She may be small, but she is a BIG part of our family.

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This year we are celebrating #ValentinesForDogs along with Big Heart Pet and have gotten some of Indi’s favorite treats. Valentine’s treats are not only for people, but also for our beloved pets. The printable Doggie Valentine’s fit perfectly around her favorite goodies.

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You can easily print your own Doggie Valentine’s right from home to wrap around your furbaby’s favorites. Simply go to BigHeartPetValentines.com and click on “Get Cards” – then print can cut. Voila! It doesn’t get any easier than that!

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From coast to coast, which state loves dogs the most? A special Valentine’s Day survey of U.S. dog parents showed the following:

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How will YOU celebrate with your dog this Valentine’s Day for Dogs?